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Cherry-Evans stars in Manly NRL win

They may have been patched-up but Manly still had Daly Cherry-Evans to rely on as the brilliant playmaker brought the NRL premiers' losing run to abrupt end with a 30-0 shutout of Penrith at Brookvale Oval.
Cherry-Evans stars in Manly NRL win
by NRL

By Steve Jancetic

SYDNEY, April 9 AAP - They may have been patched-up but Manly still had Daly Cherry-Evans to rely on as the brilliant playmaker brought the NRL premiers' losing run to abrupt end with a 30-0 shutout of Penrith at Brookvale Oval.

Already without Test representatives Glenn Stewart and Tony Williams due to injury and suspension respectively, the Sea Eagles' chances of breaking out of their rut appeared to plummet when representative duo Brett Stewart (ribs) and Kieran Foran (hamstring) pulled out just before kick-off.

But it didn't seem to both Cherry-Evans as he laid on four of the Sea Eagles' five tries - including a double to David Williams as - a timely performance given a utility berth in the Australian Test squad is still up for grabs, that team to be picked on Sunday.

It would also be a big worry for Panthers coach Ivan Cleary given how understrength the defending premiers were.

Penrith had the best of the opening exchanges with a Luke Walsh 40-20 before Michael Jennings busted the line open inside his own half only for Lachlan Coote to spill his pass with a try begging.

Jamie Buhrer brushed off a pair of defenders for a 6-0 lead after 26 minutes, and the home side pushed ahead further via a Jamie Lyon penalty goal when Travis Burns was put on report for a high tackle on Buhrer.

Penrith did themselves no favours as they sought to make amends after the restart when David Simmons attempted an ill-advised offload near his own line, the Sea Eagles capitalising with David Williams going over two minutes after the break.

Coote came up with a try-saver on his own goalline to deny Lyon what could have been a match-sealer ten minutes later, but another Simmons error and Burns penalty in front of his own sticks gave Manly some breathing space with Lyon adding another penalty.

The Panthers looked like they were back in the contest when Etu Uaisele bounced on a Luke Walsh bomb only for replays to show Dean Whare had done brilliantly to hold the winger up over the line.

Cherry-Evans then took it upon himself to put the visitors to bed, a grubber setting up Steve Matai's four-pointer, a 40-20 helping him lay on another for Williams and a pin-point kick icing the cake as Anthony Watmough joined the scorers.




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